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Story Without End

Published 2005

"The future can be found in many places. It can be seen reflected in the eyes of those who are privileged to look at it."

The narrative is from a (now) public domain film of the same name made in 1950, about the development of microwave radio transmission and the transistor. What is lovely about viewing this now is the timelessness of the message contained within; the will to find newer, faster ways to communicate.
"In my view of the future the novelty will wear off. The instrument will grow light, convenient, and familiar to every hand."

With promises of faster connectivity resulting in better productivity and ultimate happiness, aspirations haven't changed that much - just the method by which people try and achieve this goal.
"In the laboratories the men who develop new equipment and the men who have to build it are always at work. Not only improving what has been developed, but creating new things as well."

In amongst change there are always the very basic fundamental things that make up what it is to be human, the hope to be less isolated and to feel and do more. However, the more we surround ourselves with objects that plug us in, the more we can become disconnected. The tower looms further into the sky but the foundation needs to remain still and intact.
There isn't a single message within this film, it is a collage and so by it's nature can be entered into on many levels. However, to make this film today, 55 years later, the story hopefully remains relevant and positive.

This film was made with footage from Prelinger Archives (, Skip Elsheimer (, and The Internet Archive ( Thanks to them for making their databases available and freeing up these wonderful resources which in many cases would have been locked away and left to rot. Only by reflection upon the past can we change the present into a better future... that's just what the film said 55 years ago too.
This and also the first version of Story Without End can be downloaded at The Internet Archive -

Thanks to Rick Prelinger, Skip Elsheimer, Dr. Irene Moon ( and Robert Beatty (for the cockroach footage).

Commissioned by Sonic Arts Network (, many thanks!

Producer Vicki Bennett
Production Company People Like Us
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: damomah - - June 26, 2010
Subject: Highly recommended
This is great work, well done! Great masking.. video sampling cool.. taking film making down a new path yes!
Reviewer: otherartists - - September 30, 2006
Subject: question about licensing
I am wondering what type of lisencing this work it open for the same treatment as the source material?
Reviewer: Kiotto. - - October 19, 2005
Subject: End Without Story
¡Bravo Vicki! Estoy locamente enamorado de tus películas. ¡Uhhhh! ¡Ahhh! ¡Mierdra!
Reviewer: Unidyne - - August 9, 2005
Subject: Populuxe Love Letter
Anyone who grew up seeing films like the ones in the Prelinger archiver will get a bit misty when watching this. To me, it brought back memories of those 16mm edcuational films about what we were to expect in a future that never materialized. The music, narration and visuals all blend together like the way images merge when one is dreaming. I love this film and encourage others to watch it. Well done!
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on 5/31/2005